Oil Painting Tips and Techniques

Video Demonstrations

Gamblin Videos

Videos on varnishing, oiling out, applying ground plus Gamblin’s approach to colormaking and the nature of oil painting.

Why paint outdoors? 

Enjoy the scenery and seize the moment by getting outside. This article has all the must-have tips for successful plein air painting outdoors.

Gamblin Cold Wax Painting Medium

Finding Your Happy Medium

Let’s face it: there are a lot of mediums on the market and they all change how oil colors behave. To find the perfect medium for your work, you just need to understand how they change paint.

varnishing with cold wax

Cold Wax Varnish 

Cold Wax works beautifully as a final finish for your completed work, creating a unified, soft, subtle and velvety appearance.

Brush Cleaning Tips

Brush Cleaning: How to Remove Oil Paint

Step-by-step method for taking care of your brushes with minimal waste.

Oil Painting Glossary of terms

Glossary of Painting Terms

From Alkyd and Alla Prima to Varnish and Verdaccio… commonly used and frequently confused terms.

Varnishing with Gamvar why varnish

Why Varnish?

Varnishing is the easiest way to make your painting look better and it protects your painting.

Traveling with art materials

Traveling with Art Materials

Tips for packing your paints and passing airport security with flying colors.

Gamblin Colors

Color Temperature & Value

Hue, value, chroma, hue temp, and color family for all Gamblin’s Artist Grade colors.

Recent studies on modern paints

Studies on Modern Paint

Notes from the field of Conservation Science to contemporary painters.

Controlling surface quality oil painting

Controlling Surface Quality: A Holistic Approach

Starting from the ground up, we take a deeper look at how each layer affects the final surface quality of your painting.

Gamblin Cold Wax Painting Medium

Cold Wax Painting

Cold Wax Painting is unified by artists’ shared interest in experimentation, texture and the physicality of paint layers.

Building Permanent Paintings

Building Permanent Paintings

Techniques that will help ensure your painting will last.

Storing oil paintings

Storing Oil Paintings

You’ve amassed a number of paintings and now you’re faced with the issue of where and how to store them.

Controlling surface quality oil painting

Zinc Oxide in Artist Oil Colors

The pros and cons of zinc in oil paint.

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